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After the typhoon: how volunteer doctors are bringing medical care to those most in need

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7193 (Published 02 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7193

Re: After the typhoon: how volunteer doctors are bringing medical care to those most in need

Every spring, a bluebird flies down our chimney, gets trapped in the flue, and makes a tremendous racket trying to free itself. But birds cannot fly vertically, so eventually the little fellow falls into the woodstove, exhausted and defeated. Then we gently rescue him, take him outside, and watch him fly away. Like the bluebird, man is trapped, unable to escape or ascend. And man is waiting for the gentle hand of kindness to lift him up.

Competing interests: I have a self-published e-book called "Peace Poetry & The LOVE Diet", which promotes peace, simplifies health, and demystifies addiction.

10 December 2013
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA